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Hawai‘i denied federal education grant

December 29, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Associated Press - Hawai'i will not be getting a share of $500 million in federal funds to boost its early-learning initiatives, after a federal review ranked Hawai'i last among 35 states competing for a $49 million Race to the Top grant for early childhood education. Reviewers called the state's submitted plan "low quality" and "minimally implemented." The state received 135 points out of a possible 280, finishing only above Puerto Rico. Despite not being chosen, the state's early childhood coordinator, Terry Lock, said Hawai'i will go forward with planned education reforms. Hawai'i is one of 10 states with no state-funded preschool program. The states that won funding are North Carolina, Massachusetts, Washington, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, California and Rhode Island.



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